So I had some spare time today so I actually read through some of the older posts on this board. I started at page 4 and checked out all of the topics that were covered a long time ago. I'm on planning hyper-drive so I have all kinds of stuff going on (as I'm sure you are all aware of). We are currently designing the centerpieces. We were going to do all black baccara roses mixed with other deep red flowers from a local cutting garden, and maybe peacock feathers, but we would have to order tons of expensive roses!!! We had started buying short vases, roly poly candle holders, and red votives, but we decided that was a little too red for our taste. We were also thinking about doing eihter red or black linens, but now I think we have decided on black. We really wanted something darker and more earthy and rustic.
Anywho, we met a woman at a boutique who let us collect branches from property. We had a BLAST doing it together with no baby in tow. Some of the branches are covered in lichen, some are covered in tiny pinecones, and some are just branches. We put together two centerpieces and oooohhed and awwwed over them! They are gorgeous! We used river stones to weigh the vase down and spread bigger stones out around the vase. The lichen covered branches ended up being quite large arrangements which will be great decor, but not necessarily centerpices. We used five roly poly candle holders with red candles in them around the vase with the large river stones. We lit them and admired our masterpiece! We love this idea, BUT we want to add more to it. We also don't know if we want to use red candles or white.
So here's the formula in the works:
1. tall (kinda bubbly)vase (from walmart)
2. 1 pack of medium size river stones for inside of the vase (from walmart)
3. 1-2 packs large river stones to put around the vase (from walmart)
4. 5 roly poly candle holders per centerpiece (from joanns)
5. 5 red (warm apple pie, yum) votive candles (from walmart) OR 5 white votive candles (from joanns)
6. 1-3 beautiful branches from mother nature (and also thanks to Deb, from Paisely Boutique)
7. This is the task at hand.....finding a way to make them more personal.
We are thinking about putting some roses and dark flowers or a single flower inside the bubble of the vase and possibly a smaller arrangement in a little vase or clear dish with a couple floating flower heads. Another idea is to find some sort of creature like a butterfly, spider, snail, bird, or something to put of the table or hang from the branches? Another idea is to hang a couple crystals from the branches. We also thought of having a diferent creature per table just to have fun with it. So basically we have a gorgeous branch centerpiece that we want to be even more beautiful.
What are your opinions and suggestions ??? I'm posting the pictures of the centerpieces in my bio today under the "decor" section. Also, I would love to hear what you are thinking of using for centerpieces!!! Please share!!!